Tracing the Influence of Early Black Designers

In a new exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, titled African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race, the influence of black designers is traced, from 1900 to 1980. Jackie Ormes’ highly sought-after Patty-Jo Doll, based on her cartoon character, is on display. As is work—for Coca Cola and more—from the country’s first African American-owned advertising agency, helmed by Emmett McBain and Thomas J Burrell. “It’s …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Farewell to Ursula K Le Guin, a museum dedicated to selfies, eco-friendly jeans and more

1. A Greener Way to Make Blue Jeans While the majority of blue jeans are dyed with synthetically produced indigo, researchers at the University of California have potentially discovered a way to make the process more eco-friendly—and the answer is bacteria. Instead of adding to the many chemicals (including formaldehyde) released during the now-traditional practice, scientists created a strain of E. coli bacteria which only …

The Brains Behind Toiletpaper are Rebranding OKCupid

Officially launching last night in NYC, OKCupid’s new ad campaign plays with the acronym DTF (down to fuck), all the while overhauling the dating app’s identity. Attempting to reclaim DTF by replacing the F with various other activities—from the wholesome “Down To Fall Head Over Heels” to “Down To Four-Twenty” and “Down to Filter Out the Far Right”—OKCupid also seems to be taking a few …